Mt Rainier Views
Here are a few more shots of Mount Rainier, with its glaciers. As the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, it is the head of six different rivers. Even though we had had over 40 days without any precipitation when these pictures were taken, there was still plenty of white on top of the mountain. We were doing most of our walking at about 5600 foot elevation -- and it was very comfortable that day. For those who missed one of my previous notes on Mt Rainier -- where we were had nearly 60 feet of snow this last winter season. That had all melted, so the flowers were blooming, and the trees were trying to get some growth in before the snows begin again.
For those who are not aware, Mt Rainier is used by mountain climbers to prepare for other mountains. As the referenced article mentions there are many reasons for using it to practice -- but two of the biggest are it accessibility, and the challenge it presents due to the glaciers with their cravasses and the rocky outcroppings.
Unless you are seasoned mountaineer, it is best to go with one of the guide teams that take multitudes of climbers to the summit eash year.